FPCCI expresses concerns over abolishing zero-rate regime

FPCCI expresses concerns over abolishing zero-rate regime

KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has expressed serious concerns over rumors regarding abolishing zero-rated for export sector.

Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), S. M. Muneer Former President FPCCI and Iftikhar Ali Malik, Former President FPCCI & Sr. Vice President SAARC-CCI show their serious concern over the speculation of withdrawal of Zero Rated Facility for the five Key exports sector in the forth coming budget.

They said that the withdrawal of zero rating facility of  key five sector i.e. value added textile, leather, carpet, surgical instruments and sports goods will decline further exports of Pakistan which is confronted with many challenges.

These five sectors contribute 70 percent in exports of Pakistan and contribute significantly in earning foreign exchange and providing employment to skilled and unskilled labor force.

They further stated that the refunds claims of exporters amounting to Rs300 billion is already pending with FBR creating liquidity crunch and hurdles to new investment.

Due to uncertainty in economic environment, the investors are reluctant to make investment in Pakistan. Moreover, the devaluation of Pak. Rupees more than 30 percent in last one year does not impact positively on the enhancement of exports.

They added that the withdrawal of this facility will increase cost of doing business due to 17 percent sales tax and high utility cost, as Pakistan’s exports is already facing a tough competition in international market due to enormous facilities given by the regional countries to their exporters.

They further stated that government should find new avenues for enhancement of its revenue instead of damaging the exports sector which is already on a decline. They further suggested that the government should facilitate the industrialization in Pakistan particularly the agro-based and value added industries for the enhancement of exports.